How Solo Travel Can Be Personally and Professionally Beneficial
Solo travel can be daunting, to say the least. Heading off to a completely unknown country with nothing but a bag full of your belongings and your passport in hand is definitely exciting, but can also be incredibly nerve-wracking! But once you get past the nerves and overcome the worry of travelling without a companion, solo travel can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do – both personally and professionally. You’ll learn new skills, meet a bunch of new people, and come away with some memories and experiences that you’re never likely to forget. Here are some examples of solo travel activities that can teach you more than you realise, and help you make progress in terms of your own goals.
Victor-Kiefer Gerard
Business & Brand Development

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us.”

Help with natural disaster recovery

It seems that every few months we hear stories on the news of another natural disaster, whether it’s an earthquake, a tsunami, a hurricane, or some other destructive force of nature. The clean-up efforts after these terrible events can go on for months, and even years – and they’re always looking for volunteers. It’s tough work: you could be cleaning drains one day and shovelling mud the next, but It’s incredibly rewarding. You’ll learn many new skills, and you’ll certainly discover what it’s like to overcome adversity – something that you can take into your future adventures in business.

Animal rescue and conservation

If you have the opportunity to work alongside any animal charities or wildlife conservation projects while you’re travelling, take it! In some projects you might be directly looking after the animals themselves, while in others, you may be building habitats, monitoring the wildlife and carrying out surveys on the local area. Personally, this work will enrich your heart and soul, caring for other creatures of the planet. Professionally, you’ll discover how important it is to have a sustainable business offering that doesn’t harm the environment. These are important lessons that you can take forward into your working life when you return from travelling.

Working with children

There are still regions all over the world without proper schools – but you can help by joining up with grassroots organisations and helping with the effort to bring education to those who need it most. Whether you head to Bolivia, to teach English to the youngsters, or Kenya, where you’ll be helping to build the actual schools and classrooms from the ground up, you’re making a huge difference to the lives of local children, and having a knock-on effect on the local community. Your communication skills will be vastly improved when you have to lead classes as a teacher, and the personal experiences you have will stay with you forever.

“One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.”

If you’re looking for a way to broaden your horizons and develop a whole range of new skills while helping others, solo travel is the perfect way to do so. Stay tuned to the YOR blog for all the latest updates on solo travel and personal development. Stay Hungry, YOR team

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